The Black Heart of OKKULTOKRATI’s “Raspberry Dawn”
The murkier darkwave-like moments don’t come until “Suspension.” The song is so shadowy it’s easy to get lost in it’s more void-like depth that drones and defies the conventions of song writing. The drugs have already worn off and the band is more focused for the black metal like “Hard to Please.” This song lashes out with the atmosphere dripping like war paint from its scowl. They develop a mild flirtation with industrial on “Future War” leading you to imagine what it might have sounded like if Black Metal-era Venom jammed to old Ministry. The energy is so primal that you barely notice the synths tucked back in the mix as they rest of the band comes charging at. One of my favorite moments on this album is the sung vocal that joins the song at the two and a half minute mark, before handing you a solid beating. This beating is administered as varied layers are added to shows maturity in their song writing. Despite being set in a crusty cave “Ocular Violence” touches a new wave. The lead vocals fight against this as they still sound like Cronos, but some balance is brought by the ghostly whispered vocal mixed against it. The song finds them touching on Goth with it’s more danceable grooves.